What to see in La Palma

Caldera de Taburiente

Listed as National Park in 1954, Caldera de Taburiente is one of the most emblematic places of the Isla Bonita. It is found in the central area of the island and it has a diameter of 8 km and a depth of 1,5 km. This giant kind of crater is surrounded by a range of peaks, and Roque de Los Muchachos is one of them as well as the highest point of the island. With an altitude of 2426 m, it offers some of the most beautiful landscapes from the top. The Astrophysical Observatory is also located there and it’s one of the most important observatories in the world, with 19 telescopes from 31 countries.

Bosque de los Tilos

In the municipality of San Andrés and Los Sauces we find Bosque de los Tilos, one of the most important laurel forests in the Canary’s archipelago. This type of primitive forest was abundant during the Tertiary period and extended to various locations in Europe, although its presence is currently secluded to some islands of the Macaronesian region, such as the island of La Palma. This place offers numerous hiking routes, including the popular route known as “Los nacientes de Marcos y Cordero”.

Fuencaliente

To the south of La Palma, we find the municipality of Fuencaliente. This area is popularly known thanks to the wines and the incredible volcanic landscapes. The most recent volcanic eruption took place in this municipality in 1971, by Teneguía volcano, which gained ground to the sea. Apart from a fantastic gastronomy and unique wines, Fuencaliente is plenty of trails, banana farms, dreamlike beaches and the only salt flats of the island are here, in the southernmost point of the island, next to the lighthouse.

Tazacorte and surroundings

Tazacorte is a typical fishing municipality located on the west coast of La Palma, surrounded by banana farms. Tazacorte is currently experiencing an increasing tourism due to its unbeatable charm and mild climate throughout the year, with average temperatures ranging between 20-30◦C. This municipality is split into Puerto de Tazacorte (beach, marina and touristic area) and Villa de Tazacorte (village). The marina is the starting point for our excursions and on its right side you can enjoy one of the largest sandy beaches on the island, as well as its wide culinary offer and impressive views of the Caldera through the mouth of the Barranco de las Angustias. On the other hand, Villa de Tazacorte is of cultural interest as it has a set of historical buildings dating from 16th and 17th centuries.

Puerto Naos is one of the closest touristic resorts to Tazacorte and people can travel there by their own vehicle or public transport. It has one of the most popular black sandy beaches on the island from where anyone can witness beautiful sunsets as well as enjoy diverse gastronomic possibilities.

Trail Network

The island of La Palma has an extensive trail network that takes advantage of a bunch of traditional paths such as the Camino Real de la Costa GR130 (Coastal Royal Path) that runs all around the island. Along these trails every visitor can appreciate the beauty of nature and the colourful contrasts of the Isla Bonita by walking from the arid landscapes of Fuencaliente to the lush northern laurel forests, not missing up to the highest peaks. https://www.senderosdelapalma.es/

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